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Toni Ruberto

Toni Ruberto is the editor of Gusto who also likes to write about movies and music. When the South Buffalo native isn't walking her dog, she is listening to mopey British music or watching Syfy or TCM.


The old saying about the whole being bigger than the sum of its parts has been the foundation around which 53 Days creates songs. When it comes to songwriting, the quartet trades flashy solos for solid, melodic team efforts."We realized the whole of a song is bigger than its parts. Great guitar solos are nice, but melody is the key of a song," says bassist Tom Robinson. "M…

The Danny Lynn Wilson Band was the top winner at the Buffalo Music Awards Wednesday night, winning in four categories, including Best Blues Band for the second year in a row.Other multiple winners were C.O. Jones, The Tails, The Blue Lights Blues Band and Stealin'.Wilson, who has been performing for 25 years, said it was an honor just to have his music recognized. "The awa…

Life on the road is paved with bumps for struggling musicians. Marty Boratin helps smooth them out with a place to sleep, food to eat and even space to jam.A buyer and manager for New World Record and a Buffalo Music Collective board member, Boratin is a friend to musicians traveling through the area. Not only has his house become a home-away-from-home for them, Boratin ha…

EVERYWHERE AT ONCE KAMA SUTRASometimes you need to step back to move forward. Just ask the members of the innovative Niagara Falls band Kama Sutra.The quintet hadn't played together in almost a year after job opportunities took singer Andrea DeGolier and drummer Steve Puglisi out of New York State. A radio station contest and unhappiness over not performing together had Ka…

THE LONG WAY AROUND DAMIEN SIMONDamien Simon was like any teen with a guitar: He wanted to be a rock star when he grew up. Now, a decade later, the self-proclaimed former punk rocker is a classically and jazz-trained guitarist who creates delicate music touched with lyricism and graced with serenity.For Simon, it's not such a strange road to travel from his days in local "…

DRAWING 'EM IN OUI 73Elvis had it. So did the Beatles and Hank Williams. It's that undefinable ability to hold an audience spellbound with the simplest of music. It's the challenge local rockers Oui 73 set out to meet with each performance."Great performers have you and pull you into them. Elvis' songs weren't complex, but he reached right out and pulled you into his music…

COINING A PHRASE THE IRVING KLAWS The Irving Klaws, lovers of rock 'n' roll and purveyors of good times, would like to formally introduce a new term into the rock music jargon: "sleazeabilly.""People tend to use rockabilly in describing us, but if you have to use the term with 'billy,' sleazeabilly is the right one," says guitarist Dave Gutierrez. "We have a pretty hea…

WHEN BOB Wieder learned his favorite band was playing in his hometown, he made plans to be there. It involved calling some old musical buddies and flying across the country, but he did it.Wieder flew in from Los Angeles to reunite with Buffalo's legendary punk band the Fems for a special performance opening for the complex alternative rock band the Geraldine Fibbers.Not on…

THINKING BIG BUFFALO MUSIC COLLECTIVE The Buffalo Music Collective is a non-profit organization working to promote local music. That's one reason the BMC recently released a CD showcasing local acts such as the Jazzabels.The CD is called "Music From Here, Volume I," and features 19 local acts, including the folk and pop sounds of Kilissa McGoldrick and Cathy Carfagna, …

WHEN BOB Wieder learned his favorite band was playing in his hometown, he made plans to be there. It involved calling some old musical buddies and flying across the country, but he did it.Wieder flew in from Los Angeles to reunite with Buffalo's legendary punk band the Fems for a special performance opening for the complex alternative rock band the Geraldine Fibbers.Not on…

Country music sensation Vince Gill brought warmth to a cold and clammy evening at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Sunday with humor, personality and an entertaining dose of his award-winning repertoire.The handsome and amiable star looked like the guy next door with shaggy hair, a blue and white plaid flannel shirt and denim overalls. But when he opened his mouth to…

RHYTHM QUEEN SHARON BAILEY Sharon Bailey knows how to shake up a classic. The vivacious songstress takes the works of Irving Berlin, Gus Kahn and Richard Rogers and, with a vocal inflection or a beat, gives well-loved and well-worn standards a contemporary feel.It's a sound honed through her love of rhythm, a curiosity leading to experimentation, and an intolerance for…

P.J. BARBALATO THE ANCHOR MAN It's Saturday night on Allen Street, and a small crowd is gathered near the front stoop of Nietzsche's. "Hey, P.J., who's playing tonight?" a passer-by asks."It's a cool band," doorman P.J. Barbalato answers with genuine enthusiasm as he spouts the band's attributes. "I just moved to Buffalo," a young woman says, handing Barbalato her ID. …

Buckets of rain drenching LaSalle Park Monday didn't keep the audience at the third annual Vans Warped Tour from soaking up the fun at one of the best concert events of the season.Despite the inclement weather making conditions unsafe for the athletes to skate and bike (for only the second time in the tour's history), the estimated crowd of 9,500 was jamming to performance…

Steven Tyler's vocals were hitting a fever pitch during Aerosmith's mesmerizing rendition of their classic "Dream On" Wednesday at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center when a balding, bespectacled father turned to his teen-age son and gave the thumb's-up sign.That simple gesture, signifying a bond between the generations, not only summed up the supergroup's performance, …